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Phototherapy is the use of IPL or laser to rejuvenate and improve sun-spots and freckles usually due to sun damage. The most common pigmented lesions associated with photoaging are sun-spots, freckles and mottled pigmentation. Other conditions include melasma, postinflammatory hyperpigmentation and poikiloderma of Civatte. A photofacial or phototherapy with IPL or laser can reduce the appearance of these pigmentations.
Sun spots are dark brown in appearance and will darken and increase in size and number with chronic sun exposure. They are typically located around the periphery of the face, neck, chest and other sun-exposed areas of the body.
Freckles are similar to sun spots but smaller, they darken in summer and lighten in winter.
- Mottled pigmentation
- Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation
- Poikiloderma of Civatte
- Cherry angiomas
- Spider angiomas
- Rosacea (Type I and II)
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What is phototherapy?
Photofacial treatment/Phototherapy is a series of gentle intense pulsed light (IPL) or laser treatments developed to improve the appearance of sun damaged and aged skin, as well as reduce redness and flushing, resulting in more youthful-looking skin. Phototherapy consistently and predictably improves the texture, tone and color of the skin with little to no down time. IPL & laser also stimulate the growth of collagen, decreases pore size and gives skin a youthful appearance.
What does the treatment entail?
The skin is cleansed, prepared with gel and then treated with the light. Afterwards, the gel is cleaned off and replaced with sunscreen. Cold compresses may be used if needed.
What are the benefits of a photofacial?
Phototherapy's short treatment time, quick effects and lack of downtime make it popular. Phototherapy gives skin a healthy, youthful look and decreases the appearance of blemishes such as brown spots and redness from rosacea.
How long does a Phototherapy treatment last?
A session lasts about 30 minutes.
How many treatments are required?
The standard treatment is a series of three to five treatments performed at three to four week intervals. Some may be satisfied with the results from two or three sessions, and some may desire additional sessions.